Top Headlines on April 24

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

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Valley Company Helped Law Enforcement during the Capture of the Boston Bombing Suspect

Reporter: Litsa Pappas


HARRISONBURG -- A company in the Valley helped law enforcement during the capture of a bombing suspect in Boston.

Law enforcement in Boston used a medical backpack from TSSI in Harrisonburg to respond to the bombing suspect Friday night. Officers arresting that Boston bombing suspect after a day-long manhunt.

"The fact that it was there, we knew, but we never thought we'd see it as openly as it was in that photo," said Bill Strang, president of TSSI.

Strang said federal agents use TSSI's medical packs to respond to major injuries.

"It is exciting that we're playing a part in that. It's unfortunate that we have to see it."

It's unfortunate, Strang said, that there has to be an attack or tragedy for his product to get used, but when there is, he said he's glad TSSI can help.

"It's really the trained professional that sees something in us that they keep continuing to come back to Harrisonburg and back to TSSI to purchase that level of equipment, and that's what's exciting about what we do.”

Strang said his company continues to expand and agencies around the world are asking for different varieties of this backpack.

The packs were originally made for military use. Strang said since there has been more tragedies in recent years, more agencies are requesting them.

TSSI trauma kits were also used to respond to the shooting of Gabby Giffords in Arizona. 

Four Charged with Hazing in Student Drowning Case

Reporter: WHSV News Staff


CHESTERFIELD COUNTY -- Chesterfield County Police charged four men with hazing in relation to an incident which resulted in the drowning of at least one Virginia State University student.

Police said, seven male VSU students attempted to walk through the Appomattox River to complete their initiation into an organization known as Men of Honor. The current swept the students down river. Some were pulled to safety and others drifted to shore. Two students, Marvell Edmondson, 19, and Jauwan M. Holmes, 19, were reported missing.

On April 22, investigators recovered Edmonson's body from the river. The search for Holmes continues.

Four men, James Mackey Sr., Eriq Benson, Cory Baytop and Charles Zollicoffer II, have each been charged with five counts of hazing in relation to the incident. All are affiliated with Men of Honor. Their mugshots are in the slide show above.

Mackey, Benson and Baytop have been arrested. Police are searching for Zollicoffer.

Anyone with information about Zollicoffer's whereabouts should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or text the code "WATSON" and send to 274637 (CRIMES).

Car Crash Causes 10 Acres of Forest to Catch Fire

Reporter: WHSV News Staff


HIGHLAND COUNTY -- A car crash caused 10 acres of forest to catch fire.

Police say on Tuesday afternoon, a man hit a tree with his car. This crash caused the woods to catch on fire. The driver was not airlifted. His condition is unknown.

The fire is contained and crews are currently working on hot spots.

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